Dick Goodwin

aka Gordon "Dick " Goodwin


Composer & Jazz Guy

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"I used to wear two hats, 'Gordon Goodwin' for my classical work and 'Dick Goodwin' for the after-hours jazz character."

Over the years—under one hat or the other—Gordon Goodwin has written hundreds of works, from jingle to opera, jazz band to symphony orchestra.

Dick Goodwin is a composer, arranger, performer, and studio producer. He leads the Dick Goodwin Quintet and Dick Goodwin Big Band, and is a Yamaha Artist.

The State Newspaper declared "If a touring act or local performance needs musicians — strings, brass, rhythm, anything — there’s only one person to call: Dick Goodwin."

Gordon (Dick) Goodwin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina where he still teaches a handful of doctoral students. He was a recipient of USC's prestigious Educational Foundation Award, is the 2001 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Individual Artist winner (the highest honor awarded in the arts by the State of South Carolina.) And he has received a number of writer awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers.)

“He’s kind of the goto person if an arrangement doesn’t exist for the orchestra,” says Rhonda Hunsinger, the South Carolina Philharmonic’s executive director.

"I grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and El Paso, Texas and decided at a very early age that music would be my life's work. I loved teaching and I had a successful run of it. But I now have the time (and still have the energy) to concentrate full-time on my first love — composing, arranging, producing, and performing.

Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina he taught composition and theory and ran the jazz program (which he initiated) at the University of Texas. Before that he spent four long years as a band director in the US Coast Guard.


Dick -- sometimes known as Gordon (Dick) Goodwin – continues to write choral and symphonic music and to do arrangements for the SC Philharmonic, Billings (Montana) and Battle Creek  Symphony Orchestras.   He  is in the process of updating James Warren’s “Prologue to Freedom” for soloists, choir, and military band … to be performed this fall in Utah and SC.

Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principal keyboardist with the SC Philharmonic and as staff pianist at USC where she has done a string of recitals including performances with a number of visiting guest artists.  She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have just released an album of lullabies (and other selections) that includes pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker.  Winifred has also been featured in concert with the Big Band.


Email us for more details on any of these programs … dgmusics@bellsouth.net


Updated: April 3, 2015

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Upcoming Public Gigs

April 12  Dick Goodwin Quintet
Jazz service at Grace Church in Camden

April 12  2:30-5:00
Carolina Jazz Society at the Lourie Center (Traditional Jazz Concert)

April 25  Dick and Doug Graham
join Dwight Spencer (on banjo this time!) and the fine traditional jazz tuba-ist Steve Griggs at the annual
Queen’s Cup Steeplechase,
Mineral Springs, NC.  Dick gets to improvise a different variation on the call to the post to introduce each race.  The highlight for us is – maybe not the wild hat contest -- but the release of a rehabilitated
raptor into the wild! 

April 25  The Dick Goodwin Big Band plays on the Arts at Shandon series. Two  sets beginning at 7:00  pm

April 26  The Big Band is featured
as part of Doug & Bunny Williams’
“rural jazz festival.” Email for more details:


May 2  6:00 The Big Band plays for Social Inc.’s annual event with 1500 young people promenading and dancing in unison into the evening at the James Brown Arena, Augusta, GA

May 3  2:30-5:00 Carolina Jazz Society at the Lourie Center (Traditional Jazz Concert)  Jazz historian and banjo player, Charles Willbanks hosts

May Graduations at USC:  Dick with
various combinations of players
provide music for eight graduation events

May 11  DG Big Band plays again
this year for the South Carolina
Athletic Hall of Fame at the
Metropolitan Convention Center

August 8  USC graduation with the DG Big Band + strings, etc. in the pit

September 13  10:30 am at St. Martin’s in the Fields An original
Jazz Mass with the DG Quintet

September 13 from 2:30 to 5:00.
Kicks off the Carolina Jazz Society
concert season. Programs are
usually the first Sunday of each
month through May. ‘Tis a
traditional jazz series at the
Lourie Center in Columbia. 
The house band with Jim Hall (drums), Reggie Sullivan (bass), Aletha Jacobs (piano), Bruce Clark (trombone), Doug Graham (clarinet) and Dick on trumpet is often joined by Charles Willbanks on banjo.

October 15  The Big Band helps
Brandon Wilde (Evans, GA) celebrate their 25th Anniversary

October 29 & 30  DG Quintet
in concert with Lillian Quackenbush’s Sandlapper Singers

November 12  Dick’s Quartet returns to Seawells for an annual benefit for the Killingsworth Home

November 20 & 21  The Big Band
in concert with the Columbia Choral Society premiering a new composition for chorus and jazz band (5 movements!) by Goodwin with texts by Paddy Bell

December 31st So what are you
doing New Year’s Eve?
The Big Band returns to the Newberry Opera House – a concert, champagne, and more!

Write us for more details on
any of these programs … dgmusics@bellsouth.net





Compositions & Arrangements
Work as a Composer
GEM Recordings
Kerrville Music Festival
Article about Dick Goodwin in December 28, 2008, The State: PDF

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